Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
This is a Throwback Thursday edition of Abe A Day!
I made these Emancipation Proclamation salt and pepper shakers exactly three years ago today. Although it just seems like yesterday, I was still married when I this Abe was created. Yeah, it's been a minute. I never thought my love of Lincoln would last longer than my marriage. Craziness. It kind of gives a whole new meaning to 'Salty Abe.' Haha! I also totally forgot about that fish in the background! I'm sure he's long gone by now, but his name was Murderface.
C'est la vie!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
If there is one way that I am rich, I would definitely say that I am up-to-the-chin-rich in friendship. This is a picture of me and one of my oldest friends, Adi Alsaid. He's getting ready to publish his second book, the follow up to Somewhere Over The Sun this year.
This picture was taken this summer when Adi was in the states on a trip from Mexico. Just two old friends, having beers in Tahoe while we skeptically watch that duck on the horizon. We were pretty sure that duck was from a bad neighborhood and had an eye on Adi's passport. What Adi doesn't know is that I was in on it with the ducks, I was going to get a percentage off the top for the sale of the document AND I would get to keep Adi in the states! Some advice from me, you can't trust a duck to do jack.
It seems crazy that Adi, Larissa & I all shared an eighth grade English class, but it's the truth. Adi went on to pursue a career in writing, and English isn't even his first language!
That's not even the half of this friendship post. A previous employer that I follow on Instagram kept posting these cute photos with positive affirmations written over them. I asked her how she was doing this Photoshop on the fly and she referred me over to the App Overgram. She warned me that I might be starting an addiction from which there wasn't an easy way out of. She was totally right. I'm really going to try to not do this type of Abe, let's say....more than once a month? Hahaha. Back to friendship, although this fantastic lady and I first met because I was working for her, she has become a close friend. I miss having late night conversations with her on my porch, but she is a real life superhero, being a single mom to one of my favorite small people.
Friendship! It's a rule now!
This has been an exciting week for all of my siblings! My little big sister had her first child (at home!), my little brother graduated High School, and my littlest sister placed 3rd in her science fair at school! I am so proud of them.
What? Me? I, uhhhhh......I've done 21 Abes so far? Hahaha, not nearly as impressive, I know. I hope to give my younger siblings something to write home about once I finally finish Abeaday, v.3.0, 2014.
21 down, only 344 to go!
It's for reals now! I ordered these from our favorite online provider of such things....you know, the guys who send you 18 emails everyday, them. It only took like a month for them to get here too! I suppose that's neither here nor there because they are here now.
It was a lovely weekend in Las Vegas visiting with my friends and family. My new nephew is the most perfect baby I have ever seen. I am so proud of my sister.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I love my leather jacket, but I also love putting pins on it! Here is my Abraham Lincoln Election pin from 1860, look how young and carefree Abe is. Below my main man Lincoln is a button from my favorite rapper, Astronautalis. It says 'Never Be Lost.'
I won't get lost, Astro, I promise. I brought my compass and everything.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Today is a road trip day! I'm Making the huge trek going from Reno to Vegas to see my 1st baby nephew, Señor Levi. Just as I was packing up the car with the last minute finds, I saw a lonely Abe on the ground next to the car! I think that was Abe's way of blessing my trip. It's going to be a great weekend! I'm stoked!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Yeah, I roll like that,
Was a Cesarean,
Cuz of my stovepipe hat,
Born in a passionate nation of master vocations,
No faster impatience or Pasteurization,
Momma died of milk sickness,
Out, oh, hollerin,
Talk about lactose intolerant,
Daddy was poor,
Sayin, "Get it yourself!"
Couldn't afford Playstation -12,
I was born in 1809,
Oh, lookin so fine with a bow tie,
All the ladies screamin, "Oh, my Gawd!"
Who wouldda thought a little boy,
Born in Kentucky raised up in Illinois,
Would grow up,
Do something big,
Republican, practice law, run for President,
But first I gotta sob,
My girlfriend died, I lost my job,
And something deep inside,
But if you don't succeed,
You try again,
So I tried, and I tried, and I tried again,
Till I defied the sly, turned the tied again,
Then stride by stride,
Found my pride again,
Found a bride again,
And I was like, "My name's Abe Lincoln,
Girl, whatchu thinkin? Girl, my heart's sinkin,
Whirl, at you I'm winkin, Girl what's your name?
Mary? Ohhhh that's pretty, what's your middle name?
So now I got a wife, I got a life,
But a fire is burning inside and I feel like I gotta fight against slavery,
Yeah, uhh, try to disable,
The slavery laws which were working to enable the critics of freedom,
A lot of em, cynics of democracy,
Look at Dredd Scott and point at the hypocrisy,
Can't be this way, can it? Do something to prevent it,
Stop the slavery menace, think I'll run for the Senate,
Against Senator Stephan A. Douglas, a state legislature,
Debates across Illinois where I debate the debater,
And draw big crowds, big draws, never stay quiet,
Draws so big you would think it was...
But the things he was saying were so bad and prejudicial,
His arguments were just as sad as his initials,
And I lost that race, but I continued to recite,
Just cuz most people like something,
doesn't mean it's right,
I didn't feel slighted, I felt delighted,
Cuz eventually people elected me to fight for the planet,
Sayin' slavery is spreading!
Stop it before they flush more,
Don't worry homies,
I'm on it like Mount Rushmore,
Civil War breaking out,
More is what we're fearing though,
Heard at Gettysburg,
Four score and seven years ago,
Thinkin Lincoln scared?
Not a Lincoln chance!
They're droppin Lincoln Logs
Up in my Lincoln pants,
I dropped an Emancipation,
Across the nation, a lot we're facin,
And when the War was won,
Thinkin we'd make it, you know?
Figured I'd have some fun...and maybe take in a show...
Shot in the head in the theater by a star,
John Wilkes Booth packin heat slippin by a guard,
Head blown up in the balcony, how bizarre,
Still not as bad as the time I saw Avatar...
And so died a leader, known for mending fences,
Also know for Lincoln Kennedy coincidences,
You know a secretary named Tim,
A secretary named Lee,
Both had a guy named Johnson working as a V.P.
Both got shot in the head,
But did you know this?
My little brother drove his horse and buggy off of a bridge!
I gotta say that's my story,
The Great Emancipator,
Honest Abe got the glory maybe I'll see you later,
Spillin noise from Illinois,
The Land of Obama.
I'm on the penny, the five,
Your mind, and your MOMMA!
So if you guys wanna criticize an editorial,
I got a question for ya:
What color is your Memorial?
Sunday, January 12, 2014
My Mom is the cutest. She recently got into Louis CK from the sketch he did for SNL, and today's 12th Abe A Day of 2014. We were talking last night about how this skit was our jam, when my Mom made me fall in love with Louis even more. Did you know he was born in Mexico and his first language is Spanish??? I nearly lost it, for sure she had some bad information that had just spread over the interwebs. I looked into it, it seems legit.
Here is a clip of my favorite comedian doing a bit on my favorite President.
Right before the winter break at school, we decided to have a door competition. I have never decorated my classroom door, and let me tell you....it filled me with the giggles every time I brought out the project to work on. I had this giant Lincoln portrait that I've held onto from a birthday party my family and I had for Abe when he turned 200. That would have been February 2009. Yeah, that's how my family rolls.
I love how the proportions are so crazy, like what giant ass Lincoln is living in this tiny log cabin? I've been to the supposed cabin he was born in, and this isn't as crazy as you would think. That cabin was tiny and my boy was a giant among men....both literally and figuratively.
This Lincoln looks right at all the kids as they walk down the halls and the poor teacher across the hall from me says he watches her at her desk. I can't even tell you how many complaints and compliments I get on this door. I wonder how long I can keep it up? At least till President's Day?
Friday, January 10, 2014
I hate going to the gym around New Years. Everyone and their mothers have this new gumption to go to everyday. I mean, good for them and all, but I'll be glad to have the facilities back to myself in a couple of weeks.
As you walk into the locker room, they have this whiteboard with everyone's goals for 2014. Ohhhhhhh, if they only knew what my goals were! Speaking of my Abe goals, I had a friend tell me that he thought my Abe thing was a bit creepy but he's come around to thinking it's really cool that someone can show that much devotion. Truth is, I am totally weird, but I'm also capable of extreme enthusiasm about the things I do love. Anyway, back to this goofy goals board. I've walked past it for the past month and finally today I felt that mischievous urge to write something Lincoln related on it.
Here's my input: To be a better swimmer than Abraham Lincoln
To be honest, the gym has all kinds of cool things to do there, but I grew up being on the swim team and the only thing I've ever used it for so far is swimming laps.
What's funny about this is that to my knowledge Lincoln wasn't a swimmer at all. If you can find evidence otherwise, I'd love to hear it. My boy Abe was a very accomplished wrestler with legend saying that he only lost once. This goal shouldn't be too hard to attain.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
This is another edition of some Throwback Thursday. This one come from the first year of Abes, 2011 and Day 89: The Mr. Piggy Abe. Even after all these years, he's lived with me, eating a steady diet of pennies and never complaining. He's one of my favorite Abes.
It was the Philadelphia Derringer that did Abraham Lincoln in. This is a pretty cool inlay on a book I have of a derringer. They are very small and what I would consider to be a pretty gun. Originally when it was made, it was intended to be used by women. It can hold one shot, sometimes two if it is one of the later models. Its small size lends itself well to be hidden on a person or in a purse. Because of its ability to be concealed easily, it quickly became the gun chosen by assassins.
I was never a fan of the Derringer, for obvious reasons. It's the gun that killed my time travel boyfriend and it was chosen by one of the stupidest characters in history. The Drunk History on John Wilkes Booth really colored my vision of the assassin as a spoiled, bratty kid instead of a criminal mastermind. My ideas about this gun were changed dramatically with Django Unchained though. This movie LOVES the Derringer and it's used in so many badass ways, I can't help but be a huge fan now.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Thank you Cella!
If I've told you once, I'll tell you a million more times, I come from a Lincoln enthusiastic family. I'm not the only one who has caught the Abe bug. It isn't usual to me that one of my little sisters has a German Sheppard named Abraham, both of my parents can be caught on many days sporting some kind of Lincoln shirt and my littlest sister, Jayme made me this super cool key chain for Christmas!!
Little Jaybles is always making everyone the coolest crafts for gifts. In this one she used a mold and put in a penny, but not just any penny! If you look closely, it's my birth year 1986! The attention to detail is amazing. She is growing up into such an incredible human being.
Monday, January 6, 2014
I was just searching among the YouTube files stored on the interwebs, when what do I stumble upon? Pure Genius! Please make your day a little better and check out this Lincoln Rap from Brother Time. This new little ditty will be on heavy rotation for me for sure.
Girl: What are you thinkin about?
Guy: Abe Lincoln.
Girl: You're thinkin about Abe Lincoln? Have you been drinkin?
Four score and seven minutes ago, I was watching a show.
I wasn't drinkin.
It got me thinkin.
Thinkin about Abe Lincoln
16th President of the country.
He was reared in a poor family.
He's a gangsta with a top hat.
Even if you try you can't f*** with that.
He became a country lawyer.
Lived down the street from Tom Sawyer.
I'm thinkin about Abe Lincoln and it ain't no spoof.
I got the wooden tooth like John Wilkes Booth.
He freed the slaves.
He got the funky beard.
He never shaves, because that would be weird.
Are you thinkin about Abe Lincoln?
Directed by: Jesse Ickler
Starring: Allie Neal, Jesse Nation, Hector Zamora, Chris Bunnell.
Music by: Brother Time
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Today's Abe comes from a local used bookstore. I think I actually got this for free. It's a day by day almanac of all things Civil War from 1860 to 1865 and as you can see by what I've done to this poor book with post its. Of course they are color coordinated by year. The one thing I noticed while reading this book was how long it really took for Lincoln to kick out McClellan, dude was just inept as a General and kinda a jerk of a person. He would eventually be replaced by Grant, who kicked ass and took names all over the Confederacy.
Just a little example of the light reading I do late night.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
I woke up this morning with a message from my friend Greg This is a piece of art that he made and I dig it. He said that the quote might be wrong, but in a way that makes me like it more? I can't say much for my taste in art these days. I've been listening to so much Volcano Choir that I'm beginning to think the voice of my internal dialogue is Justin Vernon.
Anyway! Thank you, Greg for sharing your art with with me and Abe A Day. Check out Greg's band, The Kanes and their silly as hell music video here for the song Free Me.
Friday, January 3, 2014
My Sister and I went to Gettysburg last summer on the last day of the battle 150 years ago. We were there on July 3 and by the 4th of July I was seeing Washington DC for the first time. It's been a magical year.
While we were there we of course acquired all kinds of tourist trap shirts, and we totally bought them right up. These types of shirts are always the same, boxy and made for guys. I mean, God forbid they would actually make cute clothes you want to take back home and wear. I love this shirt, but it quickly made it's way to the pajama drawer and was never seeing the light of day.
Some searching on Pinterest yielded a few ideas, but nothing seemed perfect. I definitely wanted it to be feminine and more militaristic. Is that a thing? I did some serious surgery on this shirt. I sliced up the back, gave it some army buttons, chopped the collar off so it can be worn in various ways and the sleeves lost about a third of the fabric it originally came with. The result, was this fine shirt that I will not mind wearing at all this summer.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Today we are going to do a Throwback Thursday edition of Abe A Day. This was my very first project I ever did, way back on January 1, 2011. One of the coolest cats I know has photo credits on this, Eben. I have always appreciated the support and enthusiasm he has shown for my work over the years. I am lucky to have such great friends in this world. Not to mention my Momma who totally helped me put this purse together. Without her expert craft advice I wouldn't get anywhere.
The O.G. Abe A Day
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
It's that time of the year again! Abe A Day, the 2014 edition. To those of you who might be new to this crazy ass project of mine I'll catch you up really quick. I grew up in a family where Abraham Lincoln was our shaman, hero, go to man for advice, he was our jam. I didn't come up with this obsession, it's just the way I was raised. This blog is dedicated to reminding all you other fools out there who didn't have the same upbringing with Lincoln, everyday in 2014 I will bring a little bit of him to you! Sometimes it might be something I've made, books about him, clips from movies and TV, other cool Lincoln blogs, you name it and it will probably show up here sometime this year.
I am determined to finally finish Abe A Day. I have been working on this blog for 3 years now. I've put up a fight the past few years, but this time IT'S ON! I think that with a better schedule and a being a little bit more strict with myself this project will be completed...finally.
The first Abe A Day of 2014 is dedicated to my partner in crime, Larissa (the editor of this blog, officially...like as of right now), who bought me this amazing sweater for my birthday. I can just see in my mind Abe stumbling home drunk with his friends one night and totally saying, "You know what man? You know what? Someday I will be President."...or maybe that's just my own version of Abe fan fiction.